WST Weekly Update

September 13 - 17, 2021


We are so excited to be back in school and in-person this fall! WST classes are five days per week, 2.5 hours per day, and getting to see the students fully engage in learning for an extended period of time is so heartwarming. Last week, instructors and students spent time getting to know one another, finding their way around WST, and learning the expectations for students on campus.

Last year, WST did not have any incidents of Covid on campus and we are eager to maintain that streak! Please help us stay Covid Free on Campus!

A few protocol items to keep in mind:

  • All students must wear cloth masks at all times while on the WST campus (or a medical disposable mask). Gaiters and bandanas are not allowed.
  • Masks must cover from the top of the nose and under the chin.
  • Please notify WST immediately if your student has tested positive for Covid, or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • Please keep your child home if they are sick.
  • If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home:
  • ● Fever (100.4 or above)

    ● Chills

    ● Cough

    ● Loss of taste or smell

    ● Shortness of breath

    ● Fatigue

    ● Headache

    ● Muscle/body ache

    ● Sore throat

    ● Congestion/runny nose

    ● Nausea or vomiting

    ● Diarrhea (at least 2 loose stools in 24 hours

If your child is sick - even with mild symptoms - please keep your child home from school and notify your child’s school that your student is ill.

Other serious illnesses

Please contact your health care provider immediately about serious illness, including any fever of 100.4°F or higher.

When a student gets sick at school

If a student is already in the building and has a fever of 100.4°F or begins to show symptoms of COVID-19, the child’s parent/guardian or emergency contact(s) will be notified immediately. The child will wait in the “Temporary Observation Room” until the student can be picked up and taken home.

Illness and/or quarantine impacts on students

If your child is out for an extended illness or due to quarantine, please contact your child’s teacher or principal for support.

Maritime Students Engage in the Cardboard Boat Race!

WST Teaching Staff Contact Information

Bockelie, Eric | Criminal Justice |

Colburn, Janine | Culinary Arts |

Erickson, Eric | Construction Careers |

Hanson, Billie | Cosmetology |

Horan, Karen | Cosmetology |

Kovacs, Bela | Welding |

Rain, Nils | Fire Science |

Rogers, Jeff | Criminal Justice |

Sharpe, Tony | 3D Animation & Gaming |

Snyder, Luke | Automotive Tech |

Watson, Kelley | Maritime Operations |

Witherow, Susan | Esthetics |

Young, David | Professional Medical Careers |

Zawlocki, Nate | Collision Repair Technology |


SESSION 1 (AM SESSION): 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM

* No WST AM 12/3

SESSION 2 (PM SESSION): 11:10 AM – 1:40 PM

* No WST PM 11/24, 12/3


October 11 | November 11 | November 25 – November 26 | December 3 December 20 – December 31 | January 17, February 17 |April 4 - 8 (WST spring break) | May 30

WST Student Handbook

WST is a school of choice for students interested in engaging in advanced career and technical education programs. Our programs prepare students for life, career, college, and all post-secondary options. Many programs have specific requirements for personalized protection equipment and classroom safety. The safety of every student and staff member on campus is our priority and we need your help in keeping everyone safe.

It is important that you read through the student handbook with your child and understand the requirements, expectations, and responsibilities for students and staff.

Over the next couple of weeks, various areas of the student handbook will be highlighted to remind everyone of the expectations.


At West Sound Tech, we are preparing students for life and careers. Our attendance procedures meet both the preparation for life for students and the state requirements for reporting an absence. While it may seem like the process duplicates the process, it helps to develop student accountability while also following the law. There are two steps to the WST reporting process, student responsibility to contact the instructor directly and the parent/guardian responsibility to officially report the absence to the registrar.

STEP 1: Student Responsibility

Just as you would in the workplace, students at West Sound Tech MUST contact their instructor if the student is absent. Contact your instructor by either email or phone, just as you would for a job, and explain your absence to the instructor. (EXAMPLE: Good morning Ms. Sanford, this is Geneva. I am sick and will be absent today. I plan to be back at school tomorrow). Many of our teachers now use REMIND, so you may send a message through REMIND to your instructor as well.

STEP 2: Parent/Guardian Responsibility

A parent or guardian MUST report an absence in writing or by phone call. IMPORTANT: Absences MUST be reported to both the student home school and to WST separately.

Parents and guardians, please follow-up a student absence with an email to the registrar (ERIN.MCKIERNAN@WESTSOUNDTECH.ORG), a phone call (360-473-0557), or written documentation with the following information: STUDENT NAME | DATE OF ABSENCE | REASON FOR THE ABSENCE

TRAVEL during the school year: families and staff planning to travel should follow the CDC travel advisory guidance.

Prior to travel, families must notify the principal of any planned international travel or planned travel to any location identified where a COVID-19 variant has been circulating. The must also notify the principal upon return.


Students that choose to drive themselves to WST and park on campus are afforded the opportunity and privilege to do so.

  • Parking passes are required to park at WST, they are FREE
  • To receive a parking pass, students must complete the self-driver form and submit to the main office
  • Students must follow good parking lot etiquette at all times
  • Any student not following parking lot protocols will lose the privilege of driving to WST and will be required to take the school bus to and from campus

Link to the WST Student Handbook


On-the-job safety is a vital part of all occupations and is a part of each individual program at West Sound Tech. All students MUST demonstrate safe work habits while at WST. Safety violations are subject to strict discipline, including possible dismissal from a program. The following safety regulations, adopted from industry standards found on the job are expected:

Eye Safety: Students involved in a program of a hazardous nature (per Washington Industry Safety and Health Administration code), must wear appropriate industrial quality eye protective devices. Your first pair of safety glasses are provided by WST, if you need an additional pair, you are responsible for purchasing the proper eye safety glasses.

Appropriate Dress: Students at WST must dress appropriately for the designated program. Protective clothing (as required by WISHA) is required. Dress or appearance must not present a health or safety hazard. A uniform or coveralls for a specific program may be required.

West Sound Technical Skills Center

Mission: The mission of West Sound Technical Skills Center is to ensure that all students are prepared for life, career, and college through industry-based, technically rigorous programs.

Vision: To prepare every West Sound Technical Skills Center graduate to be career and college ready, enter the global workforce, and be a successful and contributing citizen through innovative and flexible program opportunities.

Non-Discrimination Disclosure

The Bremerton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Garth Steedman, at 360.473.1031, email or the Section 504 Coordinator, John Welsh, at 360.473.4400, email Mailing address: 134 Marion Avenue North, Bremerton, WA 98312.